Coral Reefs Are ‘Glowing’ in a Desperate Bid to Survive Warmer Seas

A global study has revealed exactly why corals glow during ocean heatwaves: to try and survive. The research by the University of Southampton’s Coral Reef Laboratory shows that some corals exhibit a dazzling colourful display when they suffer bleaching due to warmer temperatures—to protect themselves. The university’s scientists found that …

International Day for Biological Diversity

Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is the multitude of living things that make up life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million or so species on the planet—from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria—and the ecosystems that house them such as oceans, forests, mountain environments and coral reefs. But, nature …

These Countries Are Leading the Transition to Sustainable Energy

The Energy Transition Index 2020 analyzes the energy sectors of 115 countries. Sweden tops the global rankings as the country most prepared to transition to clean energy. COVID-19 could threaten the rate at which economies adopt more sustainable power. Robust long-term policies are needed to guard against shocks such as …

EU Launches New Forest Information System to Improve Knowledge on Forests and Woodlands

Amid a need for more accurate, up-to-date and harmonised data and monitoring on Europe’s valuable woodlands, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission launched a new Forest Information System for Europe (FISE) which aims to become Europe’s knowledge hub to monitor the state, health and sustainability of Europe’s many …

Climate Crisis Leaving 2 Million People a Week Needing Aid

A new report by the world’s largest humanitarian network warns that the number of people needing humanitarian assistance every year as a result of climate-related disasters could double by 2050. The Cost of Doing Nothing – published today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) …

Last Year Was Warmest Ever That Didn’t Feature an El Niño, Report Finds

Last year was the warmest ever recorded on Earth that didn’t feature an El Niño, a periodic climatic event that warms the Pacific Ocean, according to the annual state of the climate report by 500 climate scientists from around the world, overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) …